Art Workshops

Image of MacKenzie Art Gallery's Light Studio.
Image of MacKenzie Art Gallery's Light Studio.

DRAWN FROM THE VAULT 7-9 YRS

Dates: July 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2022
Time: 9 AM – 12 PM
Fee: $150
Maximum participants: 10
Age range: 7 – 9 yrs
Description:

Drawn from the Vault: 7-9 yrs is a fun and immersive workshop experience sharing the joy of drawing and creating while viewing and discussing works of art. Do you know a child who loves to explore and make art? This workshop is for them.

Our goal is to help children begin a journey of creativity by understanding their voice as an artist through investigating the work of artists. Each day we’ll look at original works of art from our permanent collection and our current exhibitions. Through these artworks we will explore a variety of drawing and digital artistic techniques to diversify the range of possibilities.

Students will bring home their own sketchbook, drawing pencils and a variety of artworks created throughout the week.

Participants will receive:
  • sketchbook
  • HB, 2B, 4B and 8B pencil
  • kneaded eraser

DRAWN FROM THE VAULT 10-12 YRS

Dates: July 11, 12, 13, and 14, 2022 
Time: 9 AM – 12 PM
Fee: $150 
Maximum participants: 10 
Age range: 10 – 12 yrs
Description:

Drawn from the Vault: 10-12 yrs is a fun and immersive workshop experience sharing the joy of drawing and creating while viewing and discussing works of art. Do you know a child who loves to explore and make art? This workshop is for them.

Our goal is to help children begin a journey of creativity by understanding their voice as an artist through investigating the work of artists. Each day we’ll look at original works of art from our permanent collection and our current exhibitions. Through these artworks we will explore a variety of drawing and digital artistic techniques to diversify the range of possibilities.

Students will bring home their own sketchbook, drawing pencils and a variety of artworks created throughout the week.

Participants will receive:
  • sketchbook
  • HB, 2B, 4B and 8B pencil
  • kneaded eraser

INSTRUCTOR

Ken Duczek

Digital portrait of Instructor, Ken Duczek.

Bio:  

As a long-time MacKenzie staff member and educator, Ken (he/him) has toured exhibitions of original art extensively throughout Saskatchewan. His passion for sharing and creating art with people has led to approximately 800 community visits, 7200 exhibition tours with well over 175,000 participants. Ken loves to encourage people to pursue their creativity as they grow as makers and contributors in their community.

Examples of Works we will be referencing

Artist Richard Gorenko's You Are Now Leaving Saskatchewan.

Richard Gorenko (Canadian, born 1954),
You Are Now Leaving Saskatchewan, 1984, acrylic on hardboard.

Jacques de Gheyn II's Monk.

Jacques de Gheyn II (Dutch, 1565–1629),
Monk, no date, sepia on paper, mounted on card.

Daphne Odjig's artwork The Storyteller.

Daphne Odjig (Potawatomi/Odawa, Canadian, 1928–2016),
The Storyteller, 1966, wax crayon on paper.

Library & Digital Lab

Located in our Library on the main floor of the Gallery, just past the Craft Services Café, the Digital Lab is designed to support collaborative digital arts training initiatives. Our popular program, the Digital Lab Open Studio, is a free space for visitors to tinker, play, share and explore digital literacy and digital art creation. 

Currently, in-person Digital Lab access has been put on hold. Please stay tuned for when in-person programming will resume. 

Explore Our Past Livestreams

Throughout the pandemic, the MacKenzie Art Gallery held a number of livestreams centered around the theme of digital art creation. These popular events are still being visited today.

Bios

About Cat Bluemke and Jonathan Carroll

Cat Bluemke uses game design, performance, and expanded reality to explore the dynamic relationship of work and play. Graduating in 2018 with her MFA in Design for Emerging Technologies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she presents the struggle of labour through interactive media, with a focus on precarious, feminized, and domestic work. Jonathan Carroll is an XR artist and developer who makes games and software. His practice evolved from creating applications to facilitate interaction between performance artists and audiences, to building irreverent interactive experiences for mobile devices and VR headsets.

The two have been collaborators since 2013, with their work being exhibited internationally at venues such as the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Kunsternus Hus, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. 

In 2018 they co-founded SpekWork, an art collective making games about labour.  The collective hacks the technologies of virtual and augmented reality, game design, and artificial intelligence to ask pressing questions about the future of labour and leisure in a networked austerity society.